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CONTENTS.

WRITERS ON PHILOSOPHY AND

NATHANIEL PARKER WILLIS:

SCIENCE

201

The Dying Alchemist .

86

JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL:

HISTORIANS, LAWYERS, POLITI-

Notices of an Independent Press.. 89

CIANS, AND BIOGRAPHERS, 202

A Second Letter from B. Sawin,

CHARLES DICKENS:

Esq. .

93

Old Curiosity Shop

203

EDGAR ALLAN POE:

Pickwick.- The Dilemma

The Raven.....

100 Speech of Serjeant Buzfuz. ....... 213

........ 209

THOMAS BABINGTON MACAU-

LAY:

The Prophecy of Capy8....

321

Milton.....

328

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POETS AND DRAMATISTS........ 413 DANIEL DEFOE:

Robinson Crusoe....... .... 498

EDMUND BURKE:

Robinson Crusoe discovers the

Character of Junius.......

Footprint....

502

Terror a Source of the Sublime.... 417

Sympathy a Source of the Sublime, 418 JOSEPH ADDISON:

Uncertainty a source of the Sub-

Bickerstaff learning Fencing.......

506

lime....

418

On the Use of the Fan ......

507

Or Words.

419

The Lover's Lcap..

510

The Common Effect of Poetry, not Dissection of a Beau's Head. 512

by raising Ideas of Things....... 419

Dissection of a Coquette's Heart. 51+

General Words before Ideas.. 421

Visit to Sir Roger in the Country.. 516

The Effects of Words......

422

Sir Roger at Church. ......

518

JUNIUS:

To the English Nation.....

DISTINGUISHED WRITERS...

423

To the Duke of Bedford...

424

Encomium on Lord Chatham...... 426

JOHN DRYDEN:

To Lord Camden..........

427

Translation of Virgil....

From his Letter to the King... 428

JOHN BUNYAN:

SAMUEL JOHNSON:

Valiant's Story.....

532

Letter to Lord Chesterfield.....

Extract from Preface to the Dic- SAMUEL BUTLER:

tionary...

432

Description of Hudibras........... 543

The Voyage of Life.

433

The Right Improvement of Time.. 437 DISTINGUISHED WRITERS....... 547

The Duty of Forgiveness..

438

Parallel between Dryden and Pope, 440

JOHN MILTON:

Shakspeare.......

442

Paradise Lost.....

548

DAVID HUME:

DISTINGUISHED WRITERS. ...... 558

of the Standard of Taste.......... 445

FRANCIS BACON:

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN:

Studies...

The Way to Wealth..

452

Of Boldness.

560

A Parable against Persecution..... 455

The Whistle...

Of Goodness, and Goodness of Na-

456

ture.

561

Turning the Grindstone...........

OLIVER GOLDSMITH.....

THE BIBLE:

458

David ......

563

The Deserted Village....

459

Isaiah.

563

St. Paul.

564

THOMAS GRAY:

Elegy written in a Country Church.

WILLIAM SHAKSPEARE.

565

yard........

467

Julius Cæsar

566

559

458

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ENGLISH LITERATURE.

THEORY OF BEAUTY.

Edinburgh Review, May, 1811.

I.

OBJECTIONS against the notion of beauty being a simple sensation or the object of a separate and peculiar faculty:

1. The first is the want of agreement as to the presence and existence of beauty in particular objects among men whose organization is perfect, and who are plainly possessed of the faculty, whatever it may be, by which beauty is discerned. Now, no such thing happens, we imagine, or can be conceived to happen, in the case of any other simple sensation, or the exercise of any other distinct faculty. Where one man sees light, all men who have eyes see light also. All men allow grass to be green, and sugar to be sweet, and ice to be cold; and the unavoidable inference from any apparent disagreement in such matters necessarily is, that the party is insane, or entirely destitute of the sense or organ concerned in the perception. With regard to beauty, however, it is obvious at first sight that the case is entirely different. One man sees it perpetually, where to another it is quite invisible, or even where its reverse seems to be conspicuous. How can we believe, then, that beauty is the object of a peculiar sense or faculty, when persons undoubtedly possessed of the faculty, and even in an eminent degree, can discover nothing of it in objects where it is distinctly felt and perceived by others with the same use of the faculty ?

This one consideration appears to us conclusive against the supposition of beauty being a real property of objects, addressing itself to the power of taste as a separate sense or faculty; and it seems to point irresistibly to the conclusion, that our sense of it is the result of other more elementary feelings, into which it may be analyzed or resolved.

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